Dementia is a major and growing health issue for Australians. In 2020, an estimated 459,000 people are living with dementia and this number is growing by about 250 persons each day.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians and is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians aged 65 and over. It is estimated to cost the nation more than $15 billion annually.
The Australian Dementia Network is a network of leading scientists and researchers from across 15 institutions, working together with the aim of:
- establishing the first dementia clinical quality registry to track, benchmark, and report on the clinical care of people with dementia (Registry);
- establishing consistent best practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia (Memory Clinics);
- facilitating the development of effective therapies by providing detailed dementia screening of patients suitable for participation in clinical trials (Screening and Trials).
Led by Professor Chris Rowe, the Australian Dementia Network is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) National Institute for Dementia Research, The Wicking Trust, The Yulgilbar Foundation, Dementia Australia, and Austin Health.